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8/20/2014 7:28:35 AM
A house fire in Ripley has claimed the life of a 61-year-old man.  Firefighters from Ripley, Sherman and Westfield responded to a report of the fire at 108 West Main Street shortly after 4 pm Tuesday.  They found Kevin Lantz inside his home and transported him to Westfield Memorial Hospital where he died a short time later.  Chautauqua County Fire Investigators believe that an elect...read more
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2014-08-20 08:05
Chautauqua County's jobless rate remains the same for a second straight month.  According to figures from the New York State Labor Department, the county had an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, the same as in June.  An estimated 4,100 people were jobless. The county's jobless rate was better than the state's 6.8 percent rate, but higher than the nation's 6.2 percent rate.  Cattarau...read more
2014-08-20 07:36
While they seemed pleased with the Dunkirk City Democratic Committee's recommendation of Willy Rosas as Councilperson at Large, the Common Council will not be making a decision on filling the vacancy until the September 2nd meeting.  Fourth Ward Councilwoman Stacy Szukala says she is pleased with the process so far. [audio:Szkalaroses1.mp3]Szukala-Pleased with process[/audio]Rosas told WDOE'...read more
2014-08-19 05:27
The state's fiscal watch dog is trying to get the word out about the Office of Unclaimed Funds and how people can get the money they are owed. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says the state has more than $13 billion in unclaimed funds, and they are trying to reach people so they can get their money back. He says there are a number of ways people get separated from the funds... [audio:DiNapoliho...read more
2014-08-19 05:14
Five people were sentenced Monday in Chautauqua County Court following their convictions on a variety of charges. District Attorney David Foley announced the following sentences: -41-year-old Alyce Valery of Jamestown, sentenced to two to four years in state prison for one count of 4th-degree grand larceny -19-year-old Dakota Sugg of Silver Creek, sentenced to one to three years i...read more
2014-08-19 09:38
A man and woman both from Buffalo have been charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, among other charges, after Fredonia State Police Officers stopped a vehicle for not dimming its headlights in the Town of Stockton last Sunday. The driver of the vehicle, 24-year-old Ruben Rosario, Jr. allegedly failed a field sobriety test and had then been charged with Driving While Intoxicated. A gram of ...read more
2014-08-19 08:58
A Little Valley man who is accused of operating a large scale meth manufacturing operation in the Village of Little Valley is being held in the Cattaraugus County Jail without bail after his arrest on Sunday. A Cattaraugus County Sheriff's road patrol is being credited with discovering the meth lab allegedly being operated by 32-year-old Lucas Leclerc. Further investigation led to the seizure of n...read more
2014-08-19 07:42
A Silver Creek man and woman accused of posing as Humane Society personnel at a property on Chapin Road last week are now facing trespassing charges.  State Police in Fredonia say that 44-year-old Kelly and 34-year-old Robert Shumaker were looking at a horse inside a barn on the property.  Troopers say that Kelly Shumaker told them she worked for the Humane Society in New Jersey and was ...read more
2014-08-19 07:40
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that 81 school districts and community based organizations across the state will receive nearly $340 million in funding for full-day Pre-K programs and two school districts in Chautauqua County will receive a share of the funding.  Silver Creek Central will pick up $180,000 and Sherman Central $108,000. The funding is the first first installment as part of ...read more
2014-08-19 07:38
Congressional candidate Martha Robertson spoke about the future of Social Security and Medicare when she stopped in Fredonia last Friday...now it's the incumbent's turn.  Robertson criticized Republican Tom Reed's voting record on the two federal programs, but during a conference call with area media on Monday Reed told WDOE News he is trying to find ways to keep the programs going for future...read more
2014-08-19 07:32
The selection process of filling a vacancy on the Dunkirk Common Council is a step closer to being completed.  The Dunkirk City Democratic Committee last night selected Willie Rosas to fill the Councilman at Large seat.  Rosas, a retired State Trooper, has a served on a number of boards and worked for Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. as a juvenile justice coordinator according to Party Chai...read more
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